Garfield Farm Heading

Garfield Farm home page

 2014 Tour Season: June through September on Wednesdays & Sundays, 1-4 PM
All other times by appointment year round.  (630) 584-8485
                                               Scout groups welcome! Special classes for badges may be requested.                                               

Printable 2014 Calendar (pdf format - Adobe Acrobat required)

Natural Area Management Seminar
Feb 22 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Learn how to restore and manage prairie, woodlands and wetlands. Reservations required. $55. Includes lunch

Antique Apple Tree Grafting Seminar
March 2 1:30pm. Make three grafts of antique apple trees to take home for planting with Dan Bussey, Seed Savers Exchange Orchardist Reservations required. $30.

Fox Valley 57th Annual Antique Show
March 8 & 9 Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Produced by Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association (CSADA). To Benefit Garfield Farm Museum.  At Kane Co Fairgrounds. $8.  

“ Hands On” Beginning Dulcimer Workshop
April 6 Musician Dona Benkert will give instruction on these unique stringed instruments. The 1pm session will cover mountain dulcimers and the 3pm session will cover hammered dulcimers. Reservations required. $25 per session.

“ Hands On” Advanced Dulcimer Workshop
April 13  Musician Dona Benkert will give more advanced instruction. The 1pm session will cover mountain dulcimers and the 3pm session will cover hammered dulcimers. Reservations required. $25 per session.

Woodland Wild Flower Walk
April 19  9:30am. Tour the museum’s Harley Pond woodlands with museum staff. Reservations required. $6.

Museum Awards Banquet
May 2 6pm–9pm. Annual dinner at the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club. Reservations required. Cost $55.

Rare Breeds Show
May 18 11am-4pm. Breeders from around the Midwest display rare and historic types of livestock.  Individual breeders may offer livestock and poultry for sale. Member participation by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.  $6/$3.

Prairie Walk
July 6  9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff. Reservations required. $6.

Garfield Farm Camps
July 8-10, 22-24   9am-Noon. During these three day camps, children ages 8-15 years old will learn about farm life in the 1840’s. Activities include; feeding animals, museum tours, and hands on demonstrations. Reservations required. $75 each camp.

Barn Dance
TBA 6pm. Help support the barn fund by attending this old fashioned contra dance held  in the 1842 barn. Call for reservations.

Antique Tool Show & Sale
Aug 3 9am-1pm. Members of the Midwest Tool Collectors Association and the Early American Industries Association display, trade and sell antique and collectable tools. $6/$2.

Archaeology Field Session I
Aug 12-24  8am-4pm. Participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s/1840s log tavern site. Call or e-mail for registration information.

Heirloom Garden Show
Aug 24 11am-4pm. Rare and specialty fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs are displayed and sold by Midwestern growers. Member participation by Seed Savers Exchange. $6/$3.

Corn 101
TBA 2pm. Museum volunteer Chuck Bauer, will give a lecture on the history of corn. There will be discussion of the type used in the 1840’s and how farmers manipulated corn to create the variety we have today. Reservations required. $6.

Prairie Walk
Sept. 6 9am. Tour the prairie with museum staff. Reservations required. $6.

Archaeology Field Session II
Sept 9-21 8am-4pm. Participate in or observe archaeological investigations of the 1830s/1840s log tavern site. Call or e-mail for registration information.

Student Harvest Days
Oct 3 9am-1:30pm. Museum volunteers demonstrate 19th century living to school children. Limit of 600 students by advanced reservations.   $5 Students/$4 Adults.

Harvest Days
Oct 5 11:30am-4 pm. Join museum volunteers in this celebration of the season. Continuous demonstrations of farm and household skills, 19th century music and food.  $6/$3.

Barns 101 & 201
TBA Staff member, Dave Bauer, will give two lectures on historic barns.  Barns 101 at 10am  will provide a general overview.  Barns 201 at 1pm  will provide a more in depth  look. Both lectures will include a tour of the museum’s barns. Reservations required. $6 for each lecture or $12 for both.

Blacksmithing 101 & 202
Oct 12 Staff member, Joseph Coleman will give a Blacksmithing 101 at 10am lecture and demonstration on blacksmithing and  202 at 1pm involving hands-on experience for 202, $8.

Volunteer Party
Nov. 16  3-6 pm. For all those who helped out at the farm, a pot-luck with photos and awards makes for a fun social afternoon.

Candlelight at the Inn
Dec 6 & 7 3-7pm. Experience the tradition of winter visits as practiced by families like the Garfields in their 1846 Brick Inn. Hospitality, food, music and bake-sale. Donations accepted.



For more information about Garfield Farm send an e-mail message to: info@garfieldfarm.org or call 630/584-8485.

Return to Main Garfield Farm Web Page.